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 Presto Chart, The Presto Chart - 2020

2020 ChartAs a postscript to the usual monthly chart, we’ve decided to share details of our fifty best-selling titles across the board for the whole of 2020, with Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson's spellbinding recital of Rameau and Debussy (released in March on Deutsche Grammophon) taking pride of place; you can read James’s full review of the recording here, and his in-depth interview with Víkingur here.

British conductor John Wilson and Sinfonia of London proved extremely popular, with all three of their recordings to date featuring in the Top Ten. Look out for their next album English Music for Strings, due out on Chandos on 29th January and inspired by John Barbirolli's recording of the same name with the orchestra, which Wilson declared 'may be my single Desert Island Disc' when he spoke to James last year.

No. 1

Víkingur Ólafsson (piano)

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC, Hi-Res+ FLAC

No. 2

Alina Ibragimova (violin), State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia 'Evgeny Svetlanov', Vladimir Jurowski

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC, Hi-Res+ FLAC

No. 3

Sean Shibe (guitar)

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 4

Nicola Benedetti (violin), London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 5

No. 6

Sinfonia of London, John Wilson

Available Formats: SACD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 7

Stephen Hough (piano)

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 8

French Orchestral Works

Sinfonia of London, John Wilson

Available Formats: SACD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 9

Sinfonia of London, John Wilson

Available Formats: SACD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 10

No. 11

Joyce DiDonato (Agrippina), Elsa Benoit (Poppea), Luca Pisaroni (Claudio), Franco Fagioli (Nerone), Jakub Józef Orliński (Ottone), Andrea Mastroni (Pallante), Carlo Vistoli (Narciso), Biagio Pizzuti (Lesbo), Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Giunone)

Il Pomo d'Oro, Maxim Emelyanychev

Available Formats: 3 CDs, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 12

Kremerata Baltica, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Gidon Kremer, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

Available Formats: 2 CDs, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 13

Víkingur Ólafsson (piano)

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 14

Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Anna Dennis (soprano), Mhairi Lawson (soprano), Ashley Riches (bass-baritone), Roderick Williams (baritone)

Gabrieli, Paul McCreesh

Available Formats: 2 CDs, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC, Hi-Res+ FLAC

No. 15

Marc-André Hamelin (piano)

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC, Hi-Res+ FLAC

No. 16

Grigory Sokolov (piano)

Available Format: 2 CDs + DVD Video

No. 17

Scriabin - Stravinsky - Prokofiev

Daniil Trifonov (piano), Mariinsky Orchestra, Valéry Gergiev

Available Formats: 2 CDs, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 18

Stephen Hough (piano), Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hannu Lintu

Available Formats: 3 CDs, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 19

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC, Hi-Res+ FLAC

No. 20

Jean Rondeau (harpsichord), Thomas Dunford (lute), Lea Desandre (mezzo-soprano), Marc Mauillon (baritone), Myriam Rignol (viola da gamba)

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 21

Isabelle Faust (violin), Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Harding

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 22

Mark Stone (baritone), Kirill Gerstein (piano), Christianne Stotijn (mezzo-soprano), Boston Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Adès

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 23

Benjamin Grosvenor (piano), Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Elim Chan

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 24

Les Siècles, François-Xavier Roth

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 25

Garrick Ohlsson (piano), Takács Quartet

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 26

Hercules Dux Ferrarie, D'ung aultre amer & Missa Faysant regretz

The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC, Hi-Res+ FLAC

No. 27

Sarah Connolly (mezzo), Robert Dean Smith (tenor), Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski

Available Formats: SACD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 28

Voces8

Available Formats: 2 CDs, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 29

Lucy Crowe (Vixen), Gerald Finley (Forester), Sophia Burgos (Fox), Jan Martiník (Badger/Parson), Peter Hoare (Mosquito/Rooster/Schoolmaster), Hanno Müller-Brachmann (Harašta)

London Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Chorus, Sir Simon Rattle

Available Formats: 2 SACDs, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 30

Andrew Haveron (violin), RTÉ Concert Orchestra, John Wilson, Sinfonia of London Chamber Ensemble

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 31

Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Järvi

Available Formats: 3 CDs, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 32

Sheku Kanneh-Mason (cello), London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 33

Tallis - MacMillan

ORA Singers, Suzi Digby

Available Format: CD + DVD Video

No. 34

Benjamin Bruns (Evangelist), Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Aki Matsui (soprano), Damien Guillon (counter-tenor), Clint van der Linde (baritone), Makato Sakurada (tenor), Zachary Wilder (tenor), Christian Immler (baritone), Toru Kaku (bass)

Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki

Available Formats: 2 SACDs, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 35

Romantic Songs

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor), Helmut Deutsch (piano)

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 36

Véronique Gens (soprano), I Giardini

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 37

Paul Lewis (piano), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jiří Bělohlávek

Available Format: 14 CDs

No. 38

Isabelle Faust (violin), Bernhard Forck (violin), Xenia Loeffler (oboe)

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin

Available Formats: 2 CDs, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 39

The Kanneh-Masons, with Michael Morpurgo and Olivia Colman

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 40

Bertrand Chamayou (piano)

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 41

Vilde Frang (violin), Barnabás Kelemen (violin), Lawrence Power (viola), Nicolas Altstaedt (cello), Alexander Lonquich (piano)

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 42

Steven Osborne (piano)

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC, Hi-Res+ FLAC

No. 43

Helena Dix (soprano), Christine Rice (mezzo-soprano), Benjamin Hulett (tenor), Roderick Williams (baritone)

BBC Concert Orchestra, Bach Choir, David Hill

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 44

Xenia Löffler (oboe), Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 45

Les Siècles, François-Xavier Roth

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 46

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 47

Kristian Bezuidenhout (fortepiano), Freiburger Barockorchester, Pablo Heras-Casado

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 48

James Ehnes (violin), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Manze

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

No. 49

Pavel Kolesnikov (piano)

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC, Hi-Res+ FLAC

No. 50

Kristian Bezuidenhout (fortepiano), Freiburger Barockorchester, Pablo Heras-Casado

Available Formats: CD, MP3, FLAC, Hi-Res FLAC

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